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Mathlink cubes pattern recognition

This simple activity was not only easy to create but it’s also very versatile.

The aim of the activity was to analyse the cube patterns on the laminated cards and my son would then have to match them using his mathlink cubes.

Depending on the child you can start with a very simple pattern ranging from 3-6 cubes then increasing the cubes as the child becomes confident completing the task independently.

Materials needed:

  • Mathlink cubes
  • Laptop/computer (word)
  • Printer
  • Paper,laminator (optional)

This activity will help your child develop their:

  1. Observational skills
  2. Fine motor skills
  3. Colour recognition
  4. Counting

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Homemade and inexpensive activity to support fine motor skills for toddlers.

What are fine motor skills and why are they important?

Fine motor skills involve the use of smaller muscles in the hand to carry out activities such as using scissors, holding a pencil, construction tasks with building blocks, doing up buttons and so on.

Fine motor skills are not only essential for academic skills but are necessary in order to perform everyday skills such as getting dressed, brushing their teeth, and doing the buttons up on their coat. It is also an important skills to develop prior to your child attending school so that their play options aren’t limited this in turn can effect peer relationships and the child self esteem if they are unable to be involved with class room activities.

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Reference: DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICES 24-36 MONTHS By Rachael Smidt, Lexi Smidt, Kayla Otte, and Megan Gipfert

 

 

I created an inexpensive activity for my son using the following materials:

  • A shoe box
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paper
  • Crayons
  • hole puncher, cello tape
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Laminating sheets and laminator, printer

 

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I simply pierced holes into the shoe box and asked my son to choose a number of pipe cleaners to pierce through the holes. This requires patience and focus from the toddler as I intentionally made the holes quite small. I simply printed off some circles, coloured them in using crayons and pierced a small hole in each using a hole puncher. This then turned into a colour matching activity where my son had to stack each circle to the corresponding coloured pipe cleaner.

 

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Best Quick Tips to Boost Self Esteem After Pregnancy

In a study, there’s interesting news about women, after their pregnancies, were found that their self-esteem fluctuates. It reduces during the thirtieth week of the pregnancy period and rises until the kid is 6 months old and declines at least the next 2 ½ years. But, the good news is that maternal self-esteem can be recovered.

According to experts, what women should do to boost their self-esteem after pregnancy is to follow these tips:

Keep Communication Lines Wide Open – One of the things that was discovered in the study was that self-esteem and relationship satisfaction are linked. The self-esteem of a woman is better if the romantic relationship is better. Relationship mentoring can be advantageous for women after pregnancy as the relationship between parents may change a lot once there’s a baby, especially when it comes to being intimate. There could also be some complicated conversations, making the situations for women more challenging. So, the best solution is to keep communication lines wide open with your partner and taking some time to talk about important things to avoid decreased level of self-esteem.

Set Some Filters – People want to provide women with so much advice. It is frequently one person states this and that and there’s a lot of feelings judged. It could make the most confident women doubt about themselves and their choices. So, creating filters can make mothers avoid conflicting advice.

Do the Things That Make You Feel Great – Some people don’t like the term self-care for the mothers for the reason that they think mothers much be a bit more cared for by some people instead of admonished to do-it-yourself, yet the fact remains that it is much easier to fall into the downward spiral of the actual harm and self-neglect.

According to experts, they know when women are stressed and exhausted, they easily neglect their emotional and physical health and that it’s essential to find time for the small moments of pleasure. So, look for something that would make you feel great about yourself and try prioritizing some time for this, whether it is a daily walk, exercise, or pedicure or something that would help you keep hold of that part of you until you have more time.

All of those measures can be helpful for women who lose their self-esteem after pregnancy. It’s normal to have doubts, yet there’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s okay to experience a combination of feelings, but always focus on the bright side of the situation. Losing self-esteem after pregnancy may have negative effects not just to yourself, but also to your child as you will neglect the importance of being healthy. Since you are too focused on the problems or concerns you have in mind, you might forget about your baby’s well-being. So, if you don’t want this to happen, keep those tips mentioned above and see the difference of having a good level of self-esteem to the overall health of yourself and your baby.

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Is sex after birth possible?

Is sex after birth possible? If yes, how soon can you do it? Will it affect the sex drive of a woman? What are the things you have to avoid in lovemaking during the first several months after childbirth?

 

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There are different sexual implications associated with childbirth, which include physical considerations and psychological factors. Following childbirth, sex is usually the last thing on the mind of a woman since her body still needs some time to recover. Whether the delivery is via a natural vaginal birth or C-section, it is often necessary to engage in sexual abstinence for 6 weeks to allow the closing of the cervix, healing of the internal tears, dissolving of stitches, and ending of post-natal bleeding.

Each woman differs as to when she is ready, or even feels the desire to engage in sex again.  There are women who need several months, while others will start to feel ready for making love again in just a matter of weeks. In case you are not sure whether you can resume sex or not, always ask your doctor for advice.

Several weeks following the delivery, a woman’s vagina discharges lochia, a combination of mucus, residual blood, and tissue coming from the uterus. With the slowing down of bleeding and progressing of healing, this discharge will gradually turn into watery pink, brown, and finally, yellowish white. In general, lochia discharge lasts for 2 up to 6 weeks. If a baby passed through the vagina, it can lead to tearing of delicate tissues, and lead to vaginal soreness. Although it might not happen, the perineal area could still feel a bit sensitive and bruised for quite some time.  As for births that involve surgery, women must be very careful in keeping their stitches free from risks of infection or reopening. Some women also need to delay resuming sex longer due to issues with their wounds.

When a new mother is breastfeeding, her vagina also tends to be sensitive. Hormone fluctuations during breastfeeding could suppress her sex drive coupled with other factors such as fatigue and tiredness. Men usually feel very frustrated if they have been waiting to engage in sexual intercourse. Therefore, a couple has to be careful in treading back to their sexual routine. They have to start slow with longer intimacy and foreplay. 

Hormonal worries and changes can also cause some women to suffer from vaginal dryness during the initial 3 months following childbirth. This vaginal dryness is treatable with the use of over the counter medications. There are also condoms with built in lubricant that are also equally effective.

Kegel exercises are also a great way for the vaginal muscles to return to their original shape and regain muscle tone for a woman to feel aroused again. Such exercises are done through tightening of Puboccoygeus muscles which regulate urine flow and also effects the intensity of a woman’s orgasm and are best recommended for those women who are still recovering from their pregnancy.

Take a look at Harvard’s Medical step by step guide for performing Kegels.

Even though having a new baby is a blessing, the effort and time required to take of them can prevent most couples from having more intimate moments with each other. It is not always easy to balance your child’s needs with your urges but you can do it when both you and your partner will be willing enough to make some effort.

 

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